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  1. RAAckerman@Cerebrations.biz
    May 10, 2012 @ 22:54:04

    Great post, Stuart.
    There is not much to add to this!

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  2. Dianne Jones
    May 11, 2012 @ 07:02:23

    Great post! Spot on!

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  3. Linda Rogers
    May 11, 2012 @ 07:08:17

    I’m not an American but I agree with your post about negativity. I might say though that in the profession of politics, listening to someone with an opposing point of view IS generally thought to be a waste of time. Why? Because it has been tested and measured again and again that people seldom change their minds radically. Therefore your time is better spent motivating people who think like you to kick it up a notch, to get out there and get mobile, to vote, to help out, to contribute some money to your local progressive candidate. Besides listening to the right wing haters and the loony libertarians is bad for your blood pressure and makes for early development of frown lines. So don’t let them engage you in pointless debates, just keep articulating the positive vision 🙂

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  4. The Golden Eagle
    May 11, 2012 @ 09:06:48

    Excellent post!

    There are definitely more productive things that people could turn their attention to, instead of focusing on negatives–it’s sad that so few people do.

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  5. MuMuGB
    May 11, 2012 @ 09:35:37

    Well Stuart, I am coming from a completely different background and I am also totally in favour of gay marriage. I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Why would the law prevent people from being happy and in a stable relationship? I don’t get it.

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  6. Lisa Wields Words
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:06:58

    Great post Stuart. Let’s turn our minds to the positive and make a difference. I’m tired of the negative in all aspects of life.

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  7. Amanda
    May 11, 2012 @ 10:23:03

    Holy cow what a great post!! Love it! I’m gonna tweet it and share it with the world! 🙂

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  8. Bonnie - Your Better Living Maven!
    May 11, 2012 @ 14:37:23

    Well put Stuart. Time to stop all this nonsense about who gets to be right and think about the common good.

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  9. Debra Lynn Lazar
    May 11, 2012 @ 21:57:25

    Agreed! As a straight, Jewish woman, I’m grateful we have a President who is willing to stand up for what is right. We’ve seen what staying silent or willfully denying people their rights leads to. Hopefully, Obama’s conviction for human and civil rights, along with his many accomplishments over the past few years, will win him another term.

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    • Stuart Nager
      May 11, 2012 @ 23:25:30

      Debra, it was a move he probably wasn’t ready to make, but it is done. I just hope we can stop any dirty politics and go for who is right to lead us for another four years. For me, It’s NOT Mitt.

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  10. Lynn Brown
    May 11, 2012 @ 23:07:27

    What’s hurting this country is the DIVIDE… why do we even have ‘parties’ – especially since only those with big money are almost the only ones that will be seen and heard. We need to promote commonism… not sure that is a word, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a ‘suggestion box’ and see what people really want – then govern based on that. Take the money we save from all the politcal crap and but it back into our schools 🙂

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    • Stuart Nager
      May 11, 2012 @ 23:12:21

      Lynn…I was wondering how many millions of dollars were just wasted by Republican nominees spent in advertising and such. Imagine a politician who gathered all those millions and instead of the normal politicking they put that money into education, or homeless relief, or…. how many jobs could have been made/saved, if properly set out. Boggles the mind. We’re ok with them spending all that fricking money, and for what?

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      • Lynn Brown
        May 12, 2012 @ 02:04:03

        You know Stuart I think Social Media has opened a door where we are learning much more of the in’s and out’s of politics and other news. Maybe it was better and more simple back in the day, where we just didn’t know – ha!

  11. AmyBeth Inverness
    May 11, 2012 @ 23:29:24

    I can’t stand how so much of politics is “Say anything to get elected… say anything to get the other party out of office… sabotage anything if it means their party can gain power.

    I was researching what states have gay marriage (I live in VT… we not only have gay marriage, we’re surround by other states that do) I was rather surprised to find out just how many states already have laws against gay marriage. I don’t remember there being as much of an uproar before… why are people noticing this more now? Are we waking up because we’re realizing it’s not just a couple of “conservative” states, but it’s actually quite a few states?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-gmtimeline-fl,0,5345296.htmlstory

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  12. karentoz
    May 12, 2012 @ 08:52:28

    Wonderful post! Thank you!

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  13. zencherry
    May 12, 2012 @ 10:33:54

    Listen, if happy people want to marry, then what’s the big de…oh. Gay means what? 😉 This is one of those things that, with time, will prove that no matter the partners involved, marriage is the same.

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    • Stuart Nager
      May 12, 2012 @ 11:55:17

      It was, in days of old, political or economical arrangements. Love rarely came into it; that’s a “modern” invention. It shouldn’t be an issue, and in forty years I doubt it will be. We’re living in the ’50s again, it seems. Just gender as opposed to race/religion.

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  14. Penelope J.
    May 12, 2012 @ 16:08:14

    I couldn’t agree more with your stance on concentrating on what is important for the country and the people. As you say, gay marriage shouldn’t be an issue, but the conservative/religious right has made it one, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future with their “gay marriage vs. family values” platform.

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  15. Robertabud
    May 12, 2012 @ 21:11:52

    People are people no matter how small was once said by a very wise elephant.

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